Ghost Month by Ed Lin
Book Group 2 – April, 2018
Ghost Month by Ed Lin is set in contemporary Taipei and stimulated our lively discussion this morning. One contested point was whether we agreed with the review that claimed the book was "an ambitious, muddled tale of murder in a culture that sees itself as both the center of the world and overshadowed by its powerful mainland rival."
Through the story and happenings of Johnny's food stall, Ultimate Pleasure at the Shilin Night Market, we discover Taiwan's culture and history. The murder of Johnny's estranged girlfriend hides clues, twists and explanations, some are fictional but many are real life tidbits embedded to add richness and depth.
Independence, Middle Class, the American Dream, orphan status, music from the 70s and 80s all add to this cheeky yet informative novel. We would give it an 8 out of 10. Put on the soundtrack, get your snacks ready and enjoy!